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Surreal Things

This exhibition, which originally appeared at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum last year, explores the influence that Surrealism had on design, from theatre and film to architecture and advertising. Many of the movement’s leading figures are represented, including Magritte, Miró, Ernst and Dalí, whose 1938 lobster telephone is just one of the bizarre yet familiar objects on display. Opens on Tuesday at the Guggenheim and runs until September 7.



In its second Wagner this season the Opéra National de Paris premieres Polish director Krzysztof Warliklowski’s interpretation of Parsifal, Wagner’s “superior magic opera” (as one critic put it) of desire, compassion and redemption against the backdrop of the Grail legend. Christopher Ventris takes the part of the “blameless fool” who brings salvation, while Waltraud Meier is Kundry, his would-be seducer. Parsifal opens on Tuesday at Opera Bastille and runs until March 28.


Ryoji Ikeda

Since 1995 the Japanese composer and artist Ryoji Ikeda has been integrating sound and imagery through his multimedia concerts, recordings and installations. For his first solo exhibition in Japan, Ikeda reveals the latest works from his ongoing “datamatics” series, which explores the way in which data can be used to represent and manipulate the sensual world. This exhibition at Tokyo’s Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media includes a specially commissioned installation and opens on Saturday with a performance of Ikeda’s concert piece datamatics [ver.2.0]. The exhibition runs until May 8.


Mosaic Music Festival

The Mosaic Music Festival starts with a live show by Harry Connick Jr and his band, who will be performing jazz tracks in homage to New Orleans, Connick’s childhood hometown. Other concerts include a night with pianist Jools Holland and his rhythm and blues orchestra, and a recital by the Tunisian musician Dhafer Youssef, who blends sufi music and jazz. There will also be free concerts showcasing lesser-known musicians including Singapore’s own indie group The Great Spy Experiment. Begins on Friday, ends March 16.


Doha Cultural Festival

This annual week-long festival, which began last Thursday, combines performances inspired by Qatar’s local culture and history, showing at the festival’s Heritage Village, with international plays and performances ranging from The Little Mermaid to The Barber of Seville. The festival will also feature poetry, video installations, dance and music and each evening traditional Gulf folkloric groups will perform in dhows ships. Until Thursday.


One World Film Festival

The 10th One World Film Festival, devoted to films that focus on human rights, commences this Wednesday in Prague. More than 130 films from some 40 countries will be screened. Subjects tackled by entrants for the main competition range from law enforcement in China’s border regions to gold-mining in Guinea; other films at the festival include such award-winning documentaries as Joshua Dugdale’s The Unwinking Gaze, which captures a year and a half in the life of the Dalai Lama, and Nino Kirtadzé’s Durakovo: Village of Fools, a portrait of life in Putin’s Russia that was garlanded at Sundance. The festival ends on March 13 in Prague, although associated screenings and debates will run until April in other Czech towns.



Last chance to see this collection of photojournalist Weegee’s works. Born Usher Fellig in 1899, he acquired his nickname, a phonetic version of “ouija”, in 1938 because of his uncanny ability to get to newsworthy crime scenes before other snappers. The more than 200 black-and-white prints on show in the photography museum document life on the streets of New York between 1935 and 1947. Weegee’s most celebrated works are images of crime, catastrophe and suicide, but he also captured the upside of society with masked dancers at charity balls and couples at the cinema. Ends on Wednesday.


SXSW Film Festival

Each March the city of Austin in Texas hosts the annual South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival. This year 150-200 new independent films by up-and-coming filmmakers will be screened alongside works by established directors. The line-up ranges from animated shorts to full-length features such as Julian Schnabel’s Lou Reed’s Berlin and the opening night’s 21, a tale of MIT students turned Vegas high-rollers that stars Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburn. From March 7 to 15.


Desert Rock Festival

Rock comes to the Gulf with live performances from 13 bands. British pomp rockers Muse are headlining on Saturday and will be in good company with Guns N’ Roses spin-off Velvet Revolver and former Ramones and The Misfits drummer Marky Ramone. Topping the bill on Friday are Californian nu metal pioneers Korn. March 7 to 8.

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